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Queensland cricket teams stumped by bail balancing act after similar Victorian incident

Staff writers, October 19, 2017 5:06PM News Corp Australia

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Amazing bail at Queensland cricket match. Picture: supplied media_cameraAmazing bail at Queensland cricket match. Picture: supplied

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You have to see it to believe it — a lone bail balancing atop the middle wicket after a player was bowled out during a cricket match in Queensland.

A video captured the moment a batsman was clean bowled* during the Harding-Madsen Shield match on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend, and the unlikely event that followed.

Footage shows bowler Damien Smith being mobbed by his teammates in celebration before someone notices the logic-defying bail.

It appears the ball had shaved* the wicket, dislodging one bail and somehow shuttling* the other onto the middle stump where it remained perfectly balanced.

The video was posted on Caloundra Cricket’s Facebook page and quickly gained the attention of amazed cricket fans from around the country.

Somehow they managed to balance. Picture: supplied. media_cameraSomehow they managed to balance. Picture: supplied.

One fan, Owen Wal, posted: “In my 30 years of cricket I have never seen this before.”

The incident follows the similarly bizarre physics-defying bail event from earlier in the year in Victoria.

A Moonee Valley batsman was sent packing* despite the bails not falling when the middle stump was knocked out of the ground.

Both teams agreed batsman Jatinder Singh was out, with a later check of the rule book confirming they made the right call.

GLOSSARY
clean bowled:
ball touched the wicket without the player hitting it
shaved:
go very close to and lightly touch
shuttling: moving
sent packing: dismissed

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Howzat!

Pretend you are a commentator at the cricket match in Queensland.
Use the detail in the article to write commentary for this event.
Your commentary should excite the listener and highlight how extraordinary it is.

Extension: Record your commentary.

Practice reading your commentary and using expression to create the audience.
When you are happy with your performance either perform your commentary to your class or record it and play your recording along with the video of the wicket being taken.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, The Arts — Drama

Activity 2: Balancing act

Male a set of cricket wickets. You could use paper, plasticine, craft sticks, straws or other suitable materials to create them.
Can you balance one bail across the middle stump as described in the article?
Do not use adhesive material.

Extension:

If your school has a set of cricket wickets, set them up outside and use a ball to try and recreate a similar scene.
Can you hit the stumps so the bails can reposition and balance?
Can you hit the stumps and but keep the bails up?

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Science, Design and Technologies, Health and Physical Education

Extra resources: Audio recording device, construction materials, cricket wickets and a ball

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)


Howzat for vocab?

Write some vocabulary words that start with the following letters from the word HOWZAT!

H

O

W

Z

A

T

Extension:

There are 12 players in a cricket team. Create 12 characters to play in a new team Howzat. Create their first and last names using alliteration.
Alliteration is when a series of words, in a row or close to each other, have the same first consonant sound.
Example: She sells sea shells by the sea shore.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP

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